Yo Gotti, Team Roc File Lawsuit on Behalf of Mississippi Prisoners

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This legal action comes on the heels of Gotti's threat aimed at state officials over the recent accounts of extreme violence resulting in five deaths, two escapes, and multiple uprisings, many instances occurring at Mississippi State Penitentiary, aka Parchman Farm.

Rappers Jay-Z and Yo Gotti have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 29 inmates in MS who claim that their "lives are in peril", thanks to "inhumane conditions" and rampant violence in prison.

Jay-Z is standing up for the rights of incarcerated people in a big way.

To make matters worse, Parchman doesn't have enough mattresses for the inmates, cells are covered in black mold and raw sewage is spilling out on the floors. according to the suit.

Spiro, in the interest of Jay-Z and hip-bounce craftsman Yo Gotti, composed a letter to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and DOC Commissoner Pelicia Hall dated January 9 saying that they were "readied to seek after every single potential road to get help for the individuals living in Mississippi's jails and their families", as indicated by NBC News.

The lawsuit seeks damages for its offenders, and an arrangement forcing Mississippi's Dept. of Corrections to put out a strategy to tackle each of the problems... especially raising staff and cleaning up the sewer. In the meantime, the Mississippi Division of Corrections has not commented on the lawsuit, saying that it doesn't focus on pending litigation.

The letter added that the deaths were as a result of years of severe understaffing and neglect at Mississippi's prisons, NBC said.

The action, filed by Jay-Z's lawyer Alex Spiro in the US District Court in Greenville, Mississippi, follows a letter sent last week to the state's governor Phil Bryant and Commissioner Hall. As Mississippi has incarcerated rising numbers of individuals, it has dramatically diminished its funding of prisons.

The complaint accuses official prison officials of failing to "protect against prison-related violence and when prison conditions do not meet basic human needs".

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